Industry advisories

Canadian production companies can now submit coproduction projects to Eurimages—European Cinema Support Fund

Montreal, March 15, 2017—Following the announcement by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, that Canada has become the 38th member country in Eurimages, Telefilm Canada wishes to inform Canadian production companies with an eligible coproduction project that they now have access to Eurimages—European Cinema Support Fund.

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Telefilm Canada congratulates the Canadian winners at the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and the César Awards

Montreal, February 27, 2017—“This weekend, Canadian talent was lauded on both sides of the Atlantic, taking the stage not only at the Academy Awards, but the Independent Spirit Awards and the César Awards as well.

“On behalf of all of us at Telefilm Canada, I sincerely congratulate all of the Canadian...

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Official statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada on the passing of Jack Gray, former president of the WGC and ACTRA

“On behalf of everyone at Telefilm Canada, I’d like to express my sadness on the passing of Jack Gray, former president of the Writers Guild of Canada and ACTRA.

“Jack Gray was a loyal advocate for Canadian screenwriters, and worked tirelessly on their behalf for 25 years. Today, we have lost...

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Telefilm Canada warmly congratulates Carolle Brabant on her honourary distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres

February 24, 2017 – Telefilm Canada warmly congratulates Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, on her honourary distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

With this title, the French Government recognizes Ms. Brabant’s contribution to the strengthening of cultural exchanges between France and Canada in the audiovisual industry, as well...

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Opening and closing dates for Production Program lower-budget projects

What’s new: New measures to promote diversity

Montreal, February 15, 2017— Clients are invited to submit their English- and French-language lower-budget projects (budgets of less than $2.5 M) to the Production Program for fiscal 2017-2018.

Key dates
Opening date: March 1, 2017
Closing date: May 1, 2017

New measures to promote diversity
All projects...

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Official statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the passing of TIFF co-founder Bill Marshall

“On behalf of the entire Telefilm Canada team, I would like to express my sadness regarding the death of Bill Marshall. He was truly a Canadian film pioneer.

“Notably, as an industry leader, Bill Marshall helped establish the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Toronto Film and Television Office.

“But...

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Opening of the Micro-Budget Production Program

What’s new: Adoption of new measures to promote diversity

Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget Production Program will accept new project proposals from designated program partners  from January 20 to February 3, 2017.  The program provides funding support for the development, production, digital distribution, and promotion of a first feature film or first...

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Theatrical Documentary Program is now accepting applications

What’s new: Adoption of new measures to promote diversity

Montreal, November 18, 2016 – Telefilm Canada is now accepting applications to its Theatrical Documentary Program for fiscal 2016-2017 until December 7, 2016. The program, offered in partnership with the Rogers Group of Funds, provides Canadian production companies with financial assistance for...

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Canadian talent ready to shine in Hollywood at the AFI FEST

Montreal, November 7, 2016 – Canada will be well-represented at the 30th AFI FEST (American Film Institute Festival), from November 10 to November 17, 2016 in Hollywood. This year, the prestigious foreign film section, World Cinema, will feature four Canadian films: It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan),...

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Telefilm Canada appoints Michael Leclair to the position of National Director, Business Affairs

The Telefilm Canada team is honoured to welcome aboard a talented player with extensive experience in the Canadian audiovisual industry. Since September 19, Michael Leclair has held the position of National Director, Business Affairs, devoting his time to the management and administration of Canada Feature Film Fund programs.

Mr. Leclair joined...

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Telefilm Canada announces the appointment of Lori McCurdy to the position of Regional Feature Film Executive – Atlantic Region

Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori McCurdy as Regional Feature Film Executive – Atlantic Region.

Hailing from Nova Scotia, and having worked at the Telefilm’s Halifax office for 20 years, McCurdy is well-known to the Atlantic industry. In her previous roles, she worked closely with the region’s...

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Renewed International Marketing Program – International Festival and Event Participation now open for applications

What’s new:
- Travel grants now offered to producers invited to a coproduction market
- 34 new international festivals added
- Short films eligible for increased financial assistance
- Simplified program administrative procedures

Montreal, October 25, 2016 – Telefilm Canada is now accepting International Marketing Program - International Festival...

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Two new obligatory forms for Telefilm Canada clients and updates to Accounting and Reporting Requirements

Montreal, September 27, 2016 – Telefilm Canada announces that its clients will now be required to complete two new forms and that its Accounting and Reporting Requirements have been updated.

The first form is called Authorization/Revocation of Applicant’s Representative with Regards to Telefilm. It will have to be completed by...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the death of André Melançon

Montreal, August 24, 2016 – " On behalf of Telefilm Canada, I would like to pay tribute to the great filmmaker André Melançon, a director, writer, actor, teacher and humanitarian. He made an outstanding contribution to our film industry, particularly in the area of youth- and...

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Eight Canadian films to be screened at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Montreal, June 27, 2016 — Canada will be out in force at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, held in the Czech Republic from July 1 to 9, 2016, with a selection of eight Canadian films, including one in official competition. The second feature from director Jesse...

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Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the awarding of the Meritorious Service Cross to Jean-Claude Mahé by the Governor General of Canada

Montreal, June 23, 2016—“On behalf of my colleagues at Telefilm Canada, I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs, who today received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor...

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Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee

The Committee will select the film to represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards

Montreal, June 22, 2016—Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian selection committee for a chance to...

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Canada country of honour at Sunny Side of the Doc 2016

Montreal/Toronto, June 13, 2016 — Canada is the country of honour at Sunny Side of the Doc 2016, the international market dedicated to linear and interactive documentaries that runs this year from June 20 to 23 in La Rochelle, France. For the event, Telefilm Canada, the...

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Canada out in force at the Shanghai International Film Festival with 17 films

Montreal, June 8, 2016 – Canada will be out in force at the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, which runs from June 11 to 19, 2016. A total of 17 Canadian films will make their way to Asia, including April and the Extraordinary World (Avril...

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CFC Media Lab and OMERS Ventures Announce Launch of VR Ecosystem Study, in partnership with Telefilm Canada

At the Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Santa Clara, California, the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and OMERS Ventures today announced that they have partnered to co-author a study focused on the VR ecosystem in Canada. Titled Pulse on VR: A Workflow and Ecosystem...

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Canada Media Fund publishes report on defining content discoverability, in partnership with Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada

Montreal, May 6, 2016—The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has published its report entitled Discoverability: Toward a common frame of reference, in partnership with Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). The Report can be downloaded here.

This report, also...

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Official statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, and Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, regarding gender parity in screen content financing

Montreal, April 27, 2016—“Increasingly, gender parity and Canadian screen content is a much-discussed topic in the media, on social media and in conversations between industry colleagues. And justifiably so.


“Gender parity is a priority for both Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF). It’s also a personal preoccupation for...

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Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the death of Michael Spencer, Telefilm’s first executive director

Montreal, April 22, 2016—It is with great sadness that we at Telefilm Canada learned of the death of Michael Spencer, who served as the Corporation’s first executive director from 1968 to 1978. Our team salutes him as a visionary, an ardent cultural nationalist and a pioneer,...

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Seventeen Canadian films selected for the 6th annual Beijing International Film Festival

Montreal, April 15, 2016 – Telefilm Canada is proud to announce the lineup of 17 Canadian films selected – one of them in the Official Competition – for the 6th annual Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), April 16 to April 23. 

This is the fifth year that...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, on the passing of Jean Bissonnette

Montreal, March 30, 2016—“It is with great sadness that we at Telefilm Canada learned about the death of Jean Bissonnette, a director and producer whose talent and passion profoundly contributed to the advancement of our culture.

“In the world of film, as a director, he brought us...

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Telefilm Canada’s parliamentary appropriation to increase by a total of $22 million over the next five years

Increase consists of an additional $2 million for fiscal 2016-2017 and an additional $5 million recurring annually for the following four years


Montreal, March 23, 2016—Telefilm Canada announces that its parliamentary appropriation will increase by a total of $22 million over the next five years, as detailed in the 2016 federal budget....

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Statement of Mr. Michel Roy, Chair of the Board of Telefilm Canada, concerning the death of Ms. Jeanine Beaubien

Montréal, March 9, 2016 – It is with great sadness that we at Telefilm Canada learned about the recent passing of Jeanine Beaubien, who sat on our Board of Directors from December 1996 to March 2003.

A well-known figure on the Canadian cultural scene, Ms. Beaubien founded the Théâtre international de...

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Official statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, congratulating Canadian talent at the Oscars

Montreal, February 29, 2016 – “On behalf of Telefilm Canada, I would like to congratulate Pakistani-Canadian director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won her second Oscar last night, the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

“Let’s also applaud Brie ...

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Telefilm Canada and The Canada Media Fund announce the appointment of Dominique Lapierre to the position of National Director, CMF Program Administrator

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada are pleased to announce the appointment of Dominique Lapierre to the position of National Director, CMF ProgramAdministrator. Having served in the position on an interim basis for the past year, Ms. Lapierre manages the team responsible for ensuring the efficient administration of...

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Eight films directed by Canadians at SXSW, emerging talent in the spotlight

Montreal, February 15, 2015—Telefilm Canada is delighted with the strong Canadian presence at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016, to be held in Austin, Texas from March 11 to 20. All of the selected Canadian filmmakers, including four with films in competition, are emerging talent, i.e.,...

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